I Give The Miracles I Have Received

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No one can give what he has not received. To give a thing requires first you have it in your own possession. Here the laws of Heaven and the world agree. But here they also separate. The world believes that to possess a thing, it must be kept. Salvation teaches otherwise. To give is how to recognize you have received. It is the proof that what you have is yours.

A Course In Miracles  always leads you to the experience that truth is exactly the opposite of what you believe it is. You are shown the law of cause and effect, that there is nothing outside of you, that to give and to receive are one. The experience is required, otherwise it’s just words: beautiful words, reasonable words, but empty.

You understand that you are healed when you give healing. You accept forgiveness as accomplished in yourself when you forgive. You recognize your brother as yourself, and thus do you perceive that you are whole. There is no miracle you cannot give, for all are given you. Receive them now by opening the storehouse of your mind where they are laid, and giving them away.

The storehouse of your mind… reading this sentence, your mind opens up to infinite possibilities. Is there really a place in your mind filled with the gifts of God? Indeed there is. But until you become aware of this storehouse, it remains unused, and you will be unaware of all the gifts that are available to you right here and now. How do you recognize this storehouse? By giving the gifts away, certainly not by holding on and tightly guarding them, afraid to lose them. This is the key: you have to give them away in order to know that you have them.

Christ’s vision is a miracle. It comes from far beyond itself, for it reflects Eternal Love and the rebirth of love which never dies, but has been kept obscure. Christ’s vision pictures Heaven, for it sees a world so like to Heaven that what God created perfect can be mirrored there. The darkened glass the world presents can show but twisted images in broken parts. The real world pictures Heaven’s innocence.

Christ’s vision is the miracle in which all miracles are born. It is their source, remaining with each miracle you give, and yet remaining yours. It is the bond by which the giver and receiver are united in extension here on earth, as they are one in Heaven. Christ beholds no sin in anyone. And in His sight the sinless are as one. Their holiness was given by His Father and Himself.

Christ’s vision is the bridge between the worlds. And in its power can you safely trust to carry you from this world into one made holy by forgiveness. Things which seem quite solid here are merely shadows there; transparent, faintly seen, at times forgot, and never able to obscure the light that shines beyond them. Holiness has been restored to vision, and the blind can see.

This is available to you, right here and right now. Just for a moment, lay aside all you think you know and value. Clear your mind of everything, all worry about past and future events. Being in this moment, now, is beyond time altogether. Now has nothing to do with time. Here has nothing to do with space. Be still, just for an instant, and allow God’s gifts to reveal themselves to you.

This is the Holy Spirit’s single gift; the treasure house to which you can appeal with perfect certainty for all the things that can contribute to your happiness. All are laid here already. All can be received but for the asking. Here the door is never locked, and no one is denied his least request or his most urgent need. There is no sickness not already healed, no lack unsatisfied, no need unmet within this golden treasury of Christ.

A storehouse filled with treasures that are true. They are eternal and have always been there, and now you finally become aware of them. How can you feel poor with such treasures given you? How can you be concerned when you recognize all you have been given? There is an experience available to you that has nothing to do with the world you see. And it is all contained in you.

Take from His storehouse, that its treasures may increase. His lilies do not leave their home when they are carried back into the world. Their roots remain. They do not leave their source, but carry its beneficence with them, and turn the world into a garden like the one they came from, and to which they go again with added fragrance. Now are they twice blessed. The messages they brought from Christ have been delivered, and returned to them. And they return them gladly unto Him.

Beyond the laws of the world you see, there is a certainty that is of God. His gifts increase as they are given away, because their roots are of Him and will not falter and cannot die. The experience of the truth of this is available to you, by the simple act of giving what you have been given. Practice this today. Start giving. Beyond all material things there are gifts which are eternal. Let it be revealed to you what you can give, then trust in giving it away. You cannot lose by giving.

Behold the store of miracles set out for you to give. Are you not worth the gift, when God appointed it be given you? Judge not God’s Son, but follow in the way He has established. Christ has dreamed the dream of a forgiven world. It is His gift, whereby a sweet transition can be made from death to life; from hopelessness to hope. Let us an instant dream with Him. His dream awakens us to truth. His vision gives the means for a return to our unlost and everlasting sanctity in God.

Let Me Not Forget My Function

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Today’s idea is merely another way of saying “Let me not wander into temptation.” The purpose of the world you see is to obscure your function of forgiveness, and provide you with a justification for forgetting it. It is the temptation to abandon God and His Son by taking on a physical appearance. It is this the body’s eyes look upon.

Doing the workbook lesson as you start your day, you begin to recognize how perfectly each lesson applies to your thoughts. It does take some awareness, some honesty, to not let thoughts slip by unnoticed. There is a certain pattern in your thinking, a way you use your thoughts specifically to bind yourself to worry, doubt and fear. Each lesson in the workbook offers you a way out of your sequential thinking, if you let it.

Nothing the body’s eyes seem to see can be anything but a form of temptation, since this was the purpose of the body itself. Yet we have learned that the Holy Spirit has another use for all the illusions you have made, and therefore He sees another purpose in them. To the Holy Spirit, the world is a place where you learn to forgive yourself what you think of as your sins. In this perception, the physical appearance of temptation becomes the spiritual recognition of salvation.

The power of your mind is such, that when you focus on a problem or a situation or a person, it becomes your whole world. Literally. You zero in on it, trying to find a solution, never recognizing that your intense focus is what the problem is. You never see the whole picture, unless you are willing to step back and let a new vision come in, a new purpose, a function.

To review our last few lessons, your function here is to be the light of the world, a function given you by God. It is only the arrogance of the ego that leads you to question this, and only the fear of the ego that induces you to regard yourself as unworthy of the task assigned to you by God Himself. The world’s salvation awaits your forgiveness, because through it does the Son of God escape from all illusions, and thus from all temptation. The Son of God is you.

Only by fulfilling the function given you by God will you be happy. That is because your function is to be happy by using the means by which happiness becomes inevitable. There is no other way. Therefore, every time you choose whether or not to fulfill your function, you are really choosing whether or not to be happy.

The world’s salvation awaits your forgiveness. So every grievance you have, binds you and the world you see. Now you become aware of the action of your mind, and you realize you need to remember your function quite often, because you tend to forget. And now you see that the choice whether to fulfill your function or not, is really the choice whether to be happy or not. It does deserve your attention.

Let us remember this today. Let us remind ourselves of it in the morning and again at night, and all through the day as well. Prepare yourself in advance for all the decisions you will make today by remembering they are all really very simple. Each one will lead to happiness or unhappiness. Can such a simple decision really be difficult to make? Let not the form of the decision deceive you. Complexity of form does not imply complexity of content. It is impossible that any decision on earth can have a content different from just this one simple choice. That is the only choice the Holy Spirit sees. Therefore it is the only choice there is.

Salvation is simple. Jesus says this often in A Course In Miracles. But it does need some preparation on your part, since you have made your thinking so complicated. Now you see that you only choose for happiness or unhappiness. The choice is yours, there is no one to blame for how you feel. This is where your freedom lies.

Let me not forget my function.

Let me not try to substitute mine for God’s.

Let me forgive and be happy.

Remind yourself often today of the simplicity of salvation. You decide whether to remember or not. And if you forget, try again. Don’t bind yourself to the past, be in the moment and decide to be happy, decide to fulfill your function as the light of the world. It is a mind training, it is a discipline, but once applied, it is the easiest thing there is.

God Is My Source. I Cannot See Apart From Him.

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Perception is not an attribute of God. His is the realm of knowledge. Yet He has created the Holy Spirit as the Mediator between perception and knowledge. Without this link with God, perception would have replaced knowledge forever in your mind. With this link with God, perception will become so changed and purified that it will lead to knowledge. That is its function as the Holy Spirit sees it. Therefore, that is its function in truth.

As you read A Course In Miracles and practice the workbook, you start to realize that the body’s eyes don’t see at all. The first 50 lessons in the workbook direct you to the awareness that what you see is meaningless, that you look only with a past reference, therefore you can’t understand anything you see. It’s pretty uncompromising. You, as you experience yourself, are not seeing at all. You are merely looking at reflections of ideas in your own mind.

In God you cannot see. Perception has no function in God, and does not exist. Yet in salvation, which is the undoing of what never was, perception has a mighty purpose. Made by the Son of God for an unholy purpose, it must become the means for the restoration of his holiness to his awareness. Perception has no meaning. Yet does the Holy Spirit give it a meaning very close to God’s. Healed perception becomes the means by which the Son of God forgives his brother, and thus forgives himself.

You have been told that you are dreaming, and that you are the dreamer of the dream. That everything you thought was real, are actually things that you have made up and then projected outside of you. This mindtraining is not for the faint of heart. Are you willing to look at what you have made up and recognize its unreality? Everything that you have used to maintain the illusion can now be used, through the Holy Spirit, for your awakening. What you have made for an unholy purpose, can now be redirected to a holy purpose. You can see things differently, simply by changing your mind. You are not alone in this. You get all the help in the universe.

You cannot see apart from God because you cannot be apart from God. Whatever you do you do in Him, because whatever you think, you think with His Mind. If vision is real, and it is real to the extent to which it shares the Holy Spirit’s purpose, then you cannot see apart from God.

The offering of the workbook lesson is a sentence you can say to yourself all through the day. A reminder. A refocusing, A redirection. A remembering. To know again that you are as God created you. Not just in words, but in experience. With eyes open:

God is my Source. I cannot see this desk apart from Him

God is my Source. I cannot see that picture apart from Him.

With eyes closed:

I see through the eyes of forgiveness.

I see the world as blessed.

The world can show me myself.

You change your mind, inward, and you see things differently, outward. Cause and effect. You are the cause of what you see. You think it, then project it outward, and now it seems to be outside of you. Amazing, isn’t it. You may not believe it, it may seem to outrageous, but it is the fact of the matter and it is your salvation. When you recognize the power of your mind (to move mountains is the least you can do), you realize the importance of mindtraining.

God is my Source. I cannot see you apart from Him.

God is my Source. I cannot see this apart from Him.

I see my own thoughts, which are like God’s.

I Need But Call And You Will Answer Me

I am not asked to take salvation on the basis of an unsupported faith. For God has promised He will hear my call, and answer me Himself. Let me but learn from my experience that this is true, and faith in Him must surely come to me. This is the faith that will endure, and take me farther and still farther on the road that leads to Him. For thus I will be sure that He has not abandoned me and loves me still, awaiting but my call to give me all the help I need to come to Him.

The beauty of today’s lesson is that it directs you to the idea of an unsupported faith and then leads you past it to the offering of an experience. This is what A Course In Miracles is. Beyond the words, which so easily become concepts, there is an experience that is out of this world. It is waiting for you. But you can’t know it until you take a leap of faith and start applying the workbook lessons. It says it beautifully in the introduction to the workbook:

Some of the ideas you will find hard to believe, and others will seem quite startling.  It does not matter.  You are merely asked to apply them to what you see.  You are not asked to judge them, or even to believe them.  You are asked only to use them.  It is their use which will give them meaning to you, and show you they are true. Remember only this; you need not believe them, you need not accept them and you need not welcome them.  Some of them you may actively resist.  None of this will matter, nor decrease their efficacy.  But allow yourself to make no exceptions in applying the ideas the exercises contain.  What ever your reactions to the ideas may be, use them.  Nothing more than this is required.

So it does take some practice, it does take trust. Listen, learn and do. Jesus says, “This means Listen to My Voice, Learn to undo the error, and do something to correct it. The first two are not enough. The real members of my party are active workers.”

There is an activation that is happening, and it is happening in you. It can’t happen anywhere else. On this Thanksgiving Day, take a moment and look at what you have been given. You are in an awakening experience and it is happening despite you. Jesus is with you, the Holy Spirit guides you, God created you. All things are given you, all you have to do is ask for it.

Father, I thank You that Your promises will never fail in my experience, if I but test them out. Let me attempt therefore to try them, and to judge them not. Your Word is one with You. You give the means whereby conviction comes, and surety of Your abiding Love is gained at last.

The Holy Spirit Speaks Through Me Today

 

The Holy Spirit needs my voice today, that all the world may listen to Your Voice, and hear Your Word through me. I am resolved to let You speak through me, for I would use no words but Yours, and have no thoughts which are apart from Yours, for only Yours are true. I would be savior to the world I made. For having damned it I would set it free, that I may find escape, and hear the Word Your holy Voice will speak to me today.

As you look at the workbook lessons, really look at them, you start to recognize that they are a declaration. You read the sentences, you say them out loud, and you hear what you are expressing.

The Holy Spirit needs my voice today.

I am resolved to let You speak through me.

Look at the word ‘resolve’. There is a clear determination in it, there is nothing  uncertain about it.

I would be savior to the world I made.

‘Would be’ is also a declaration. A statement of fact. The truth of the matter.

Now is the time to step up to the plate. Now is the time to declare your Self as created by God. It matters what you say. It matters what you do. What is your purpose? Every instant you are asked to remember who you are. And in that instant of remembering time disappears completely. This is not a sequential event, one thing doesn’t follow another in a long road to truth. One instant is all it takes to remember completely, and in that recognition you know that this moment, right now, is the only time there is.

We teach today what we would learn, and that alone. And so our learning goal becomes an unconflicted one, and possible of easy reach and quick accomplishment. How gladly does the Holy Spirit come to rescue us from hell, when we allow His teaching to persuade the world, through us, to seek and find the easy path to God.

A Leap Of Faith

A Course In Miracles offers you the simple recognition that the present is the only time there is. The past is over, the future can only be imagined. This moment, right here and right now, is all there is to time.

When you are present in this moment, you can see things as they truly are. You do not put a past reference on anything, you don’t plan to use things for a future event. As you look on things open-eyed, the truth is revealed to you in all its simplicity.

What time but now can truth be recognized? The present is the only time there is. And so today, this instant, now, we come to look upon what is forever there; not in our sight, but in the eyes of Christ. He looks past time, and sees eternity as represented there. He hears the sounds the senseless, busy world engenders, yet He hears them faintly. For beyond them all He hears the song of Heaven, and the Voice for God more clear, more meaningful, more near.

All the workbook lessons do, is bring you to a place in your own mind where you recognize that your judgments, memories and anticipations are not real and are, in fact, not helpful to you in your awakening. And as you stand in the empty place that is left when you let go of all your ideas, the Holy Spirit uses it to show you the truth of who you are. The clincher is, that you can’t know that the Holy Spirit steps in until you make room for him. You can be told over and over again what you need to do and what will happen when you do, but ultimately it is a leap of faith. Somewhere you simply decide to take a chance on Love.

Today you are asking for help to let go of the past. You recognize that the past is only imagined, you never see the full picture, and your ideas about anything are no longer helpful. You want your ideas and thoughts to be replaced with the truth. And all you have to do is ask. Don’t worry if there seems to be no response. Your request has been heard and you did receive the answer. Finally you no longer trust your limited instincts and beliefs anymore, you take the leap of faith and trust.

The past is over. It can touch me not.

Unless the past is over in my mind, the real world must escape my sight. For I am really looking nowhere; seeing but what is not there. How can I then perceive the world forgiveness offers? This the past was made to hide, for this the world that can be looked on only now. It has no past. For what can be forgiven but the past, and if it is forgiven it is gone.

Father, let me not look upon a past that is not there. For You have offered me Your Own replacement, in a present world the past has left untouched and free of sin. Here is the end of guilt. And here am I made ready for Your final step. Shall I demand that You wait longer for Your Son to find the loveliness You planned to be the end of all his dreams and all his pain?

The Highway To Heaven

The hush of Heaven holds my heart today.

Father, how still today! How quietly do all things fall in place! This is the day that has been chosen as the time in which I come to understand the lesson that there is no need that I do anything. In You is every choice already made. In You has every conflict been resolved. In You is everything I hope to find already given me. Your peace is mine. My heart is quiet, and my mind at rest. Your Love is Heaven, and Your Love is mine.

When A Course In Miracles says I need do nothing it is really talking about a state of mind. A mind that is focused on the body, and that believes in a limited idea of self, will always believe that I need do nothing has to do with the action of the body. A belief in limitation causes a limited perception and this is exactly why you need a change of mind.

There is one thing that you have never done; you have not utterly forgotten the body. It has perhaps faded at times from your sight, but it has not yet completely disappeared. You are not asked to let this happen for more than an instant, yet it is in this instant that the miracle of Atonement happens. Afterwards you will see the body again, but never quite the same. And every instant that you spend without awareness of it gives you a different view of it when you return.

At no single instant does the body exist at all. It is always remembered or anticipated, but never experienced just now.

It’s amazing when you really look at this. You are valuing and believing in something that doesn’t exist, you literally give the body all the meaning that it has for you. You don’t have to do it anymore. You may not like the uncompromising statement from this Course, you may not believe it, but you can accept it and let yourself be lifted to a place where you know that you are not a body.

When peace comes at last to those who wrestle with temptation and fight against the giving in to sin; when the light comes at last into the mind given to contemplation; or when the goal is finally achieved by anyone, it always comes with just one happy realization; “I need do nothing.”

Rest in God today, and feel His peace surround you, wherever and whenever you may seem to find yourself. The curriculum is not of you, but you can elect what you want to take at a given time. Let it be a miracle, let it be of God and not of you. Look at what your control has brought you and decide today to let the Holy Spirit take the wheel on the fast lane on the King’s Highway to Heaven.

The stillness of today will give us hope that we have found the way, and travelled far along it to a wholly certain goal. Today we will not doubt the end which God Himself has promised us. We trust in Him, and in our Self, Who still is One with Him.

My Sight Goes Forth To Look Upon Christ’s Face

I ask Your blessing on my sight today. It is the means which You have chosen to become the way to show me my mistakes, and look beyond them. It is given me to find a new perception through the Guide You gave to me, and through His lessons to surpass perception and return to truth. I ask for the illusion which transcends all those I made. Today I choose to see a world forgiven, in which everyone shows me the face of Christ, and teaches me that what I look upon belongs to me; that nothing is, except Your holy Son.

It is interesting that in today’s lesson you ask for the illusion that transcends all the ones that you have made. In A Course In Miracles Jesus makes reference to the real world and to real perception, but He also makes it clear that this is only the beginning. It is through your willingness to see things differently that your fear of God is seen exactly for what it is and you open your mind for the final step that is taken by God.

The real world is a symbol, like the rest of what perception offers. Yet it stands for what is opposite to what you made. Your world is seen through eyes of fear, and brings the witnesses of terror to your mind. The real world cannot be perceived except through eyes forgiveness blesses, so they see a world where terror is impossible, and witnesses to fear can not be found.

The real world holds a counterpart for each unhappy thought reflected in your world; a sure correction for the sights of fear and sounds of battle which your world contains. The real world shows a world seen differently, through quiet eyes and with a mind at peace. Nothing but rest is there. There are no cries of pain and sorrow heard, for nothing here remains outside forgiveness. And the sights are gentle. Only happy sights and sounds can reach the mind that has forgiven itself.

What need has such a mind for thoughts of death, attack and murder? What can it perceive surrounding it but safety, love and joy? What is there it would choose to be condemned, and what is there that it would judge against? The world it sees arises from a mind at peace within itself. No danger lurks in anything it sees, for it is kind and only kindness does it look upon.

The real world is the symbol that the dream of sin and guilt is over, and God’s Son no longer sleeps. His waking eyes perceive the sure reflection of his Father’s Love; the certain promise that he is redeemed. The real world signifies the end of time, for its perception makes time purposeless.

The Holy Spirit has no need of time when it has served His purpose. Now He waits but that one instant more for God to take His final step, and time has disappeared, taking perception with it as it goes, and leaving but the Truth to be Itself. That instant is our goal, for it contains the memory of God. And as we look upon a world forgiven, it is He Who calls to us and comes to take us home, reminding us of our Identity Which our forgiveness has restored to us.

Perception is now a tool that the Holy Spirit can use for your awakening, for your remembering of the truth about yourself. It is not of your own doing. Your willingness to apply the lesson today opens a door for the Holy Spirit to enter and use everything for the purpose of salvation. You can see things differently, and in that experience you go beyond this world altogether and you see it for what it is. The world you see is but an illusion, but it is given you to go beyond the illusion and experience the truth.

Today our sight is blessed indeed. We share one vision, as we look upon the face of Him Whose Self is ours. We are one because of Him Who is the Son of God; of Him Who is our own Identity.

God Is But Love, And Therefore So Am I

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(159) I give the miracles I have received.

 God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

 (160) I am at home. Fear is the stranger here.

 God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

Today’s lesson reminds you of your true inheritance. God is Love, and because He is Love, so are you. Why? Because you were created in His likeness. Look at it for a moment. Let it sink in. Because when you focus only on this, all else disappears. Where are grievances when you remember the Love that you are? Where are problems and worries when you are in that remembrance? Illusions simply disappears in the nothingness that they are, and only truth remains. In this remembering are all things taken care of. Because when you change your mind, everything changes.

This is, obviously, an experience. It can’t be explained, nor need it be, and it certainly can’t be understood by the conceptual mind. A Course In Miracles can only offer you as much as you are willing to give to it. Practice the lesson only here and there, and you will have scattered experiences here and there. But give everything to it, and you will receive everything. Giving and receiving are indeed the same.

No one can give what he has not received. To give a thing requires first you have it in your own possession. Here the laws of Heaven and the world agree. But here they also separate. The world believes that to possess a thing, it must be kept. Salvation teaches otherwise. To give is how to recognize you have received. It is the proof that what you have is yours.

Give yourself away today. Remember the Love that you are, let the memory sink into you, and give it away. You don’t have to know how to do it, you simply ask and it is shown you. There is a Guide who walks with you and Who is waiting for your asking. Ask today. Don’t think you know already, let it be revealed to you. Love is total and it is yours to receive today.

I Will Accept My Part In God’s Plan For Salvation

Today’s lesson is the review of lessons 97 and 98.

(97) I am spirit.

I am the Son of God. No body can contain my spirit,
nor impose on me a limitation God created not.

(98) I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.

What can my function be but to accept the Word of God,
Who has created me for what I am and will forever be?

Great lessons, and in the introduction Jesus asks you to spend 5 minutes in the morning and in the evening reading these lessons, thinking about them, letting them work in you. And then to apply them during the day as well. He alludes to the power of your mind and says something that really struck me this morning.

Place the ideas within your mind, and let it use them as it chooses.  Give it faith that it will use them wisely, being helped in its decisions by the One Who gave the thoughts to you.  What can you trust but what is in your mind?  Have faith, in these reviews, the means the Holy Spirit uses will not fail.  The wisdom of your mind will come to your assistance.  Give direction at the outset; then lean back in quiet faith, and let the mind employ the thoughts you gave as they were given you for it to use.

A Course In Miracles is really the only book where the introductions are as amazing as the lessons themselves. What I love  is that it says, The wisdom of your mind will come to your assistance. It is so simple, the recognition that the answer is in you, and that the power of your mind as created by God will never fail you. What can you trust but what is in your mind?  Have faith, in these reviews, the means the Holy Spirit uses will not fail. For any answer to any problem that seems to confront you, you never have to look any further than your own mind. God placed the solution where the problem is. Have faith that what you have been given will never fail you. Trust these lessons, apply them as asked, and let them work in you and through you. This is how you recognize that the problem has been solved.

The exercises to be done throughout the day are equally important, and perhaps of even greater value.  You have been inclined to practice only at appointed times, and then go on your way to other things, without applying what you learned to them.  As a result, you have gained little reinforcement, and have not given your learning a fair chance to prove how great are its potential gifts to you.  Here is another chance to use it well.

So, to sum it all up, it is really completely up to you. However much you apply the lesson, in equal amount will it offer you what you give to it. When you recognize the power of your mind, when you see how much you have overlearned ideas and beliefs that have no reality, then you recognize simultaneously that you do need help. The help is given you in new ideas about yourself and the world, they are the lessons in the workbook. Apply them, use them, trust them, have faith in the Holy Spirit and in the wisdom of your mind. You are as God created you. It is a fact. Now let that knowledge reveal itself to you.